It seems that skinny ski lust is in the air. Is it the freeze/thaw cycle of spring bringing this on?
Or is it LP's signature sign off infecting many of us?
Jim and I walked into every ski shop we could the past 2 weeks looking for the mya 7 or similar ski to demo. None to be found. Waists below 74 appeared to be an endangered species.
Shop techs referred us to other shops they thought might have slalom type skis. In vain. (Harb Ski Systems had them earlier in the season, but were sold out)
Then, in Vail, of all places. Pepi's, the store with a deep and profound selection of Bogner wear, had a hidden side. Pepi, we learned, is German. And has a more slalom oriented european customer. And a more varied selection of skis than most resort ski shops. Pepi's had demo mya 7 in my size and we got them that night. Only did 2 runs on them as we had to leave for the airport.
They turn on a dime. Easier to tip. Not too stiff, not planky feeling. I got a little in the back seat on a left turn and the kick from behind let me know it. The kers doesn't like back seat skiing. Not a bad thing for someone working to stay forward consistently and work the tips more.
Yeah, they made me an offer I couldn't refuse. Being shipped tomorrow by long boat to manhattan.
I may have to wait to next season to ski them, but patience is occasionally good to practice.
The Mya 7's arrived (surprisingly) this past friday. Just in time to get a last day of of northeast skiing in!
The day prior had been warm and I am sure the slopes were slushy, followed by temps in the teens that night. Result: perfect northeast boiler plate. Some clear glassy areas, some sugary, crushed granular on top of icy hard pack.
A PERFECT DEMO DAY for the mya's.
First day impression:/ I have never been on a ski that made me feel like I could tell a great deal of difference from previous skis. Well, now I have.
I LOVE THIS SKI!
Edge grip was unparalleled. Tipping was easy, edging and transition felt silky and smooth. These skis feel lively and smooth. Responsive without jitteryness. Easy to ski. These skis were made for north east skiing. I look forward to skiing them in softer snow to see how that slight tip rise handles those conditions. The performance range of these may be wider than their waist measurement. Time and next season will tell.
They are rated as a ski for advanced/experts and I am neither. But that doesn't matter. These skis are wonderful at my current abilities.
( yeah, I really, really like The Princess Bride)
I now have another 5 days on these skis. The feel of the progressors is a faded memory, so I no longer remember how they felt skiing, but how I like the Mya 7's!
Colorado was great this past week. Blue skies, sunny with temps in the high 20's to high 30's on the slopes. No new snow at all. The low sun angle did not lead to melt and thaw conditions, so no northeast type glass, just harder than Coloradans are used to, but perfect for those from the NorthEast. All the positive feedback from this past march were reiterated this trip. Love these skis! Now, to work on ridding myself of that heel sweep thing I do......
( yeah, I really, really like The Princess Bride)
livingproof: Philly is an ice rink this morning, freezing rain over very cold streets. Weather is putting a dent into my ski season.
Jan 5, 2014 9:39:28 GMT -7
svend: LP - we had a three-day ice storm here just before Christmas, so I know well what you're dealing with. Not fun. Hope there's no damage in Philly. Take care.
Jan 5, 2014 20:23:02 GMT -7
livingproof: Philly weather warm fog last night, 8 inches of new snow = history! 8 degrees F tomorrow morning. Should be some great local boilerplate!
Jan 6, 2014 7:42:34 GMT -7
meput: - 22° F the other morning. +54° today. Forcast 0° tonight. Temperature rollercoaster at my home. The 'loaf got RAIN with the warm up. Looking forward to skiing on shaved ice
Jan 6, 2014 16:28:43 GMT -7
svend: Same story here...25 cm snow last night, some more freezing rain, and now there's 80 km/hr winds and -25 C temps. Wind chill is pushing -40 C. Supposed to continue all day tomorrow too. Whacky weather.
Jan 6, 2014 20:52:30 GMT -7
ToddW: -20° F on the drive up to VT on Friday. Freezing rain and heavy fog Sunday night made for an 8 hour return trip. Record low at home this morning. 40s and rain by Friday. What's up with the weather?
Jan 7, 2014 18:04:52 GMT -7
svend: Polar vortex is back. -26 C this morning. Will need a block heater in the car if this keeps up. Poor thing barely cranked this morning.
Jan 22, 2014 7:30:05 GMT -7
JimRatliff: Polar Vortex??? Is that the new Head all-mountain carving ski I've been hearing so much about?
Jan 22, 2014 9:04:03 GMT -7
JimRatliff: That's pretty chilly. 7F (-13C) in Central Park. Glad you didn't send the real cold air down.
Jan 22, 2014 9:04:58 GMT -7
JimRatliff: OK, but I still think "Polar Vortex" and "Polar Express" could be the start of a great family of ski names.
Jan 22, 2014 10:45:22 GMT -7
svend: I like it! Blizzard should take those on. Fits with their name. Easier to say than "Viva Ultrasonic Full Suspension IQ", or some such ridiculousness. Who can remember all that?
Jan 22, 2014 20:29:13 GMT -7
livingproof: Another round of Philly area snow....we're ground zero this season. Please start sending any future storms north.
Mar 2, 2014 8:15:55 GMT -7
svend: Neverending winter here in Ontario. More snow last night. Cold temps coming this week. Word on the street is that some local ski hills may be open until May. Remarkable and unprecedented.
Mar 22, 2014 9:03:22 GMT -7
superbman: we were supposed to make it to next weekend, but they put out that we're closing tomorrow. Bummer.
Mar 28, 2014 9:06:50 GMT -7
JimRatliff: I think most local places here are closing as well. Yesterday was last at Elk.
Mar 30, 2014 4:17:15 GMT -7
livingproof: My Blue Mtn home is planning to open next weekend (closed midweek). Spring temps are finally here, not sure if I'll make a final trip.
Mar 30, 2014 6:00:04 GMT -7
ToddW: Surefire way to scare away family skiers, from the Killington conditions page: "Expect huge bumps on Superstar for the Killington Triathlon."
May 2, 2014 13:22:58 GMT -7
JimRatliff: I just wanted to wish all a Happy Holidays. Amazing how quickly Christmas follows Thanksgiving.
Dec 13, 2014 14:53:23 GMT -7
superbman: I was looking at the reviews on real skiers for the Kastle FX 85 and FX 85HP…both interested me greatly, how similar are these to the FX 84 (if you have skied both..or is the 85 the 84??)
Sept 13, 2015 14:52:00 GMT -7